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US, Germany urge China to release jailed activist

BEIJING, China – The United States and Germany urged China to free an outspoken government critic known as "Super Vulgar Butcher" on Wednesday, December 27, after he was sentenced to 8 years in prison . Wu Gan, who refused to plead guilty to charges of "subverting state power", was on Tuesday handed one of the harshest ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerDec 27th, 2017

Jailed Taiwanese activist to visit him in China

BEIJING -- The wife of a Taiwanese democracy activist jailed in China travelled to the country on Monday after being granted permission to visit him in prison for the first time, in a case that has strained cross-strait relations. NGO worker Lee Ming-cheh was sentenced to five years in prison….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Wife of Taiwan activist jailed in China stopped from flying to visit husband

The wife of Taiwan activist Li Ming-che, sentenced to five years in prison by Chinese authorities for subverting state power, was stopped from flying from Taiwan to China on Tuesday to visit him in prison, rights groups said......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Chinese activist jailed for 8 years after major crackdown

TIANJIN, China – China sentenced an activist known by the online pseudonym "Super Vulgar Butcher" to 8 years in prison Tuesday, December 26, one of the harshest punishments meted out to the group of lawyers and activists swept up in a major crackdown on civil society two ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Palestinians release activist jailed for Facebook post

HEBRON — The Palestinian Authority has released a prominent activist a week after he was arrested for writing a Facebook post criticizing the government of P.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2017

The World: China frees Nobel laureate with terminal cancer

BEIJING -- China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer said Monday, worrying supporters who pleaded for his unconditional release......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 26th, 2017

US, EU demand release of jailed Vietnam activist

US, EU demand release of jailed Vietnam activist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 2016

US, EU demand release of jailed Vietnam activist

US, EU demand release of jailed Vietnam activist.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 12th, 2016

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

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Philippines should urge Chinese cooperation in Scarborough rehab, says expert

The Philippine government should demand that China cooperate in restoring the damaged marine environment of Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, a maritime law expert said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years prison

China on Wednesday sentenced a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on vaguely defined subversion charges, one day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate after eight years of house arrest. Source link link: China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown

The European Union urged China to free dozens of activists during a human rights meeting in Beijing this week, three years after a crackdown that jailed scores of lawyers and activists. EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown BEIJING – The European Union urged China to free dozens of activists… link: EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Dalian trains may be used later this year but...

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation on Thursday, July 5 said the trains acquired from China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited can be used later this 2018, but on one condition: the trains need to be repaired. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the audit report by Germany's TUV Rheinland found discrepancies between ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

World stocks fall, haunted by concerns over US-China tariffs

SINGAPORE --- Global markets fell Monday as weaker-than-expected Asian economic surveys ratcheted up worries over the potential impact of higher tariffs due to be imposed by China and the US in a festering trade dispute. Over in Europe, a prolonged German government crisis weighed on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: European shares fell in early trading. Germany's DAX dropped 0.5 percent to 12,242.80 and France's CAC 40 lost 1.0 percent to 5,270.37. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.8 percent to 7,573.61. Wall Street was poised to open lower. Dow futures fell 0.6 percent to 24,130.00 and broader S&P 500 futures were down 0.5 percent to 2,708.50. ASIA'S DAY: Asian markets were overshadowed...Keep on reading: World stocks fall, haunted by concerns over US-China tariffs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Asean-Korea youth workshop to highlight implications of digitalization

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN --- The Asean-Korea Center has announced that it will hold the '2018 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop' in Seoul, Korea and Manila, the Philippines from July 2-11. The 10-day workshop will see the participation of 70 youth from the 10 Asean member states, Korea, China, and Japan. According to a press release, participants will attend lectures by experts on the implications of digitalization at different levels (international, regional, national, provincial) and in different sectors (politics and security, economy, society and culture), and visit digital centers and companies in Korea and the Philippines. They will also take part in cultural exchange and team-build...Keep on reading: Asean-Korea youth workshop to highlight implications of digitalization.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Cayetano, Pompeo reaffirm PH-US ties in Washington

  Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for the first time in Washington to reaffirm the long-standing alliance between the Philippines and United States. "Secretary Cayetano and Secretary Pompeo had an open and cordial interaction at the State Department today and we are optimistic this would reinforce the ties that bind the relations between our two countries and peoples," Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez said in a news release on Friday. The meeting also allowed Cayetano to share the Philippine government's "independent foreign policy" and its positions on the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea. ...Keep on reading: Cayetano, Pompeo reaffirm PH-US ties in Washington.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Iran’s dangerous ride

Not so long ago, things were looking up for Iran. The 2015 nuclear deal its government agreed with the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany lifted tough sanctions, allowing for a sharp increase in Iran’s oil production......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

MANILA, Philippines – Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan trooped to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on Monday, June 11, to slam China's reported thievery and harassment of Filipinos in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). Carrying fishing nets and fish-shaped protest signs, the protesters called on Filipinos to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Shanghai Symphony signs China s first orchestra record deal

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will release a CD via Deutsche Grammophon next year, featuring to-be-announced works by Chinese and Russian composers. Image: IStock via AFP........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

US urges China to release Tiananmen crackdown death toll

BEIJING --- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged China to disclose the details of people killed, detained or missing during the Chinese military's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square 29 years ago. Pompeo marked Monday's anniversary of the suppression of demonstrations on June 4, 1989, saying: "We remember the tragic loss of innocent lives." "We join others in the international community in urging the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing," Pompeo's statement said. He cited the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who wrote in his 2010 Nobel Peace Prize speech, delivered in absentia: "...Keep on reading: US urges China to release Tiananmen crackdown death toll.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Experts urge Philippines to publicize protests vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Experts urged the Philippines to publicize its diplomatic protests against China's moves in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as it was not enough for Manila to silently file a note verbale against Beijing. In an email to Rappler on Thursday evening, May 31, Asia Maritime ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018